Community Theater Imagines the Future in a Changing Neighborhood

• March 20th, 2020

Sit on the porch with The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and three guests from Indianapolis, collaborators who are engaging community theater, neighbors, and small business owners to imagine a better future. The guests are Moriah Miller of the Harrison Center, Keesha Dixon of Asante Children's Theatre, and Shirley Webster, a longtime resident and community organizer. The three were instructors at the 2019 Midwest Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Cincinnati in October. They taught a session on engaging theater to address neighborhood change and cultural gentrification. Themes include gentrification, community theater, improvisation, honoring and integrating elderly residents, cultural festivals to encourage dialogue around difficult topics and more. The event is called PreEnact Indy. Learn more by watching this video:

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Albuquerque and the Role of the City in Creative Placemaking

• March 16th, 2020

Albuquerque native Carlos Contreras has made a name for himself as a slam poet who now organizes community engaged art events through Immastar Productions. We caught up with him during his tenure at the City of Albuquerque as the municipality's Director of Marketing and Innovation. Find out what happened when The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking asked him to share his insights through teaching a session entitled, "Introduction to Creative Placemaking" at the 2019 Midwest Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit. 

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Storytelling, Peace, and Creative Placemaking

• September 30th, 2019

Listen in on this chat with Kiran Singh Sirah, Executive Director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. He stopped in to record with us while visiting New York City for the United Nations International Day of Peace in September, 2019. He also joined the climate strike, Fridays for the Future, and was beginning a collaboration with the organizers on a storytelling game app. He also became involved in designing the nation's first storytelling hospital. Find out why he believes storytelling is the solution to many of the world's most vexing problems. 

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Mindfulness and “Heartfulness” in Creative Placemaking

• September 10th, 2019

Listen in on this conversation with Cornell Carelock, a hip-hop teaching artist and founder of True HeART Academy in Westchester County, NY. Carelock is a Certificate in Creative Placemaking graduate from the class of 2019 and developed a series of workshops that integrate arts modalities into mindfulness practice. In this conversation he talks about a concept he calls 'heartfulness' and why it's such a useful tool for practitioners in the field. This interview was recorded in August of 2019, less than two months prior to the Midwest Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, where he was set to teach a workshop to leaders across the Midwest in Cincinnati in the beginning of October. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where our handle is @cpcommunities

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Creative Placemaking in Alaska

• July 25th, 2019

Hear how the Anchorage Museum in Alaska has partnered with the Northern Norway Art Museum to address some of the challenges that are unique to Northern places. The museum is exploring equitable community solutions through its new Solutions for Energy and Equitable Design Lab (SEED Lab). This episode is a conversation with Julie Decker, Director and CEO of the museum and Bodil Kjelstrup, who is serving as curator of the SEED Lab. Kjelstrup is from the Northern Norway Art Museum, and the two met at a conference on the arts in the circumpolar north several years ago. Find out how the SEED Lab is engaging the creativity of the community to address some of its most pressing challenges. This conversation hits on climate change, equity in indigenous communities, do-it-yourself culture and shifting narratives to empower local communities.  The two museum officials co-taught a breakout session at the 2019 Pacific Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Los Angeles in June. 

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Mapping the Treasures of Little Tokyo, LA

• July 10th, 2019

Dancing in a big circle? Show and tell? Drinking cocktails made from the fruit of an old tree? Flower arranging? These may not be the activities that one associates with anti-displacement community organizing, but they play a central role in fight to preserve Little Tokyo, LA, one of three remaining historic Japantowns in the nation. This episode is a conversation with Scott Oshima of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. The JACCC is involved in the campaign to preserve the historic neighborhood. We chatted with them at the 2019 Pacific Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in LA in June where they taught two breakout sessions and led a field workshop into Little Tokyo with Summit participants. Although this conversation is about a specific neighborhood we go deep on why arts and culture remind community activists what they are fighting for in the first place. They also discuss some of the tactical urbanist and cultural asset mapping strategies they use to gather data and celebrate small wins in the long, hard work of reaching towards a vision several years into the future. Like this episode? Donate to help us produce more episodes of CreativePlace! 


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Concerts and Creative Placemaking

• July 1st, 2019

Hear how free concerts transformed two communities in Texas and Nevada. We had a conversation with Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation; Patti Diou of the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, TX, and Gina Lopez-Hill of the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV. This episode touches on the power of getting the community together over free, outdoor concerts. Our guests give their programs credit for introducing couples who later got married, helping local employers retain talented employees, and helping neighbors meet and bond over music. The recording took place during the 2019 Pacific Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Los Angeles, which was co-produced by the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation, ArtPlace America and The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Cultural Tourism in Lakota Country

• June 18th, 2019

Listen to this interview with a father-daughter team who are taking cultural tourism to the next level in South Dakota. Their company, Tatanka Rez Tourz, offers custom tours of the Pine Ridge Reservation that can feature music and dance performances, a discussion of tribal governance, a history lesson at Wounded Knee, genealogy, or a prayer ceremony. Warren "Guss" Yellow Hair and Tianna Yellow Hair do it all in the spirit of serving their community and telling their story to those who come to listen. 

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Creative Placemaking in Rural Places

• June 11th, 2019

With the early 2019 release of "Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector" and the 2019 Rural Generation Summit, the creative placemaking world is turning its attention to arts and culture-driven economic and community development in less-populated areas. Bob Reeder, Program Director of Rural LISC, explains why it's important for people in the field to learn the 'languages' spoken in other sectors, and how that knowledge can result in more productive creative placemaking.  We interviewed him at the 2019 ArtPlace Summit in Jackson, MS, which was immediately followed by the Rural Generation Summit, also in Jackson. He served on the advisory committee for the Rural Generation Summit. 

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Using Ancient Traditions in Diabetes Fight

• June 6th, 2019

This episode is an interview with Queen Muhammad Ali who is using film to document the ancient food and pharmacopeia traditions in American Samoa. Her collaborators on the project are filmmaker Hakeem Khaaliq and media archivist David Neary, who completed work at MoMA in New York City. The name of the project is Manuia Samoa, and she will (did) present at the 2019 Pacific Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Los Angeles. The project began as a labor of love after her maternal grandmother died in 2012. Ali talks about how nearly half the island is diagnosed with diabetes and her belief that a return to a traditional diet will help. The recording was  completed in May of 2019 at the ArtPlace Summit in Jackson, MS. 

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